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Poster: Chris Freedom Date: Apr 26, 2007 11:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beatles Covers?

Hey Now.

I always loved hearing the dead go for a beatles tune but I really feel Garcia band did a much better job with turning out a quality cover or in the case of Dear Prudence a song I actually enjoyed way more by JGB than the Beatles version.

My favorite Beatles cover was probably Revolution because the Dead did a very mellow take on the song and it was pretty rare so when I got one I remembered it.

The 'Do it in the Road' from Philly 85 was seriously hot.
Don't take my word for it, Check it out, it is the opener!
http://www.archive.org/details/gd85-04-07.sbd.sacks.3346.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Apr 26, 2007 1:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beatles Covers?

I don't know man. Never could get into We dont....As for revolution, I agree. Probably the best, especially with Bobby's "shooby dooby's" thrown in there on some versions

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Poster: Fishead Date: Apr 27, 2007 7:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beatles Covers?

lucy in the sky ..too bad they didn't break this out a little earlier....check out 3-17-95 it seems jerry can't remember to start singing so the band basically plays the whole song instrumental before i think phil decided to start singing..very interesting shit ..

"i want to tell you" is another fav ...and of course daytripper ...

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Apr 27, 2007 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beatles Covers?

Maybe most would disagree but I thought the Beatles were just a terrible choice for the Dead to cover.

The Beatles relied so much on their perfect harmonies and all around vocal prowess and let's face it--not exactly a Dead strong point.

Plus Jerry didn't seem to know the songs very well and almost always butcher the words. I was at MSG in '83 to hear "Revolution" and even tho' I was totally excited at the time, going back to hear it is pretty painful. (For the ultimate in painful listening, seek out the insanely horrible, absolutely embarrassing version they did of "Blackbird" sometime in, I think, '88....)

I'd rather they stuck w/Dylan covers and others that didn't rely so heavily on sweet vocal performances.